Our volunteers are an important part of helping Gaylord to fulfill our mission of restoring each person to the highest level of independence possible. Gaylord volunteers include people from the community and all walks of life. And their concern for the welfare of people helps to supplement the work of our staff and brings another dimension to patient care.
There are many ways to volunteer. Gaylord volunteers assist with many patient activities including:
- Visiting patients
- Transporting patients to therapies
- Helping with recreational events
- Providing interpreting services
- Peer Mentoring (see details below)
Volunteers also provide much needed assistance to hospital staff including:
- Word processing
- Office staffing
- Gift Shop
- Jackson and Milne Pavilion Information Desks
- Patient Library
- Book Cart
Peer Mentoring Program
A Peer Mentor is former Gaylord patient who has walked through some of the same challenges that you or your loved one is facing. Peer Mentors have completed training as a Gaylord volunteer, and additional training to become a Peer Mentor. The goal of this program is to provide additional support to patients and families by providing a team of trained individuals who can relate to your current situation and act as role models and or resources for your time at Gaylord.
Who are the Peer Mentors?
Peer Mentors are former patients, who completed their inpatient program at least one year ago. They are selected through a screening process by the Peer Mentor Committee, and are formally trained and supervised. Patients can be referred by staff or a family member, and are screened by a member of Gaylord’s social work team to assess appropriateness based on patient’s current status.
Who benefits from a Peer Mentor?
Most often, a Gaylord staff member will identify a patient who might benefit and makes the initial request. Current inpatients can request a Peer Mentor and requests from family or friends will also be considered. The goal is to enhance the patient’s ability to adjust to his or her medical condition, hospitalization and recovery by sharing common concerns and quality of life issues. Peer mentors are able to reinforce the importance of recovery and their encouragement has proven to enhance the path to recovery for patients.
When do visits take place?
Visits are weekly, and no more than 15 minutes at a time. Patients have the right to refuse mentoring or discontinue a session at any time.
To learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor, please contact the Volunteer Manager at (203) 741-3328.
The Gaylord Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary is a unique volunteer corps of individuals who are committed to Gaylord's success. The Auxiliary manages the hospital gift shop. Its revenues help support Gaylord's services. The Auxiliary also sponsors many activities such as
- The Barbara Chase Lane Scholarship
- Spring and Fall Luncheon programs
How to Become a Volunteer
We will be happy to match your interests with our volunteer opportunities. For more information call:
Manager of Volunteer Services